Saturday, December 31, 2016

Goodbye 2016


2016 has been a year of great changes in my life. All year long, I had hoped that I would be able to share with you exactly what changed. But the year kept running and running, and here we are. At the very last day of the year, I am still not in a position to tell you all the changes that are coming.

Long time readers know AAK! traditions: the worst emails of the year, followed by the list of most read articles for the year. Not this year, however. As my life changes, so will this blog. And there is no telling where this blog will be in the next several weeks, because I cannot tell where my life is heading. I can only wait.

Undoubtedly, I am missing a lot. This year was the 10 year anniversary of Ask a Korean!, and I do have plenty of things to say about that experience. There is still so much I can say about Korean politics, U.S. politics and what it means to live as an Asian American. There is still so much to be said about Korea, the most interesting country in the world. I regret that I have not been able to do all that in 2016.

So if you would indulge me, let's hold onto those things. Soon, I will be able to share with you all the things that have been happening with me and with this blog. Until then, be safe, healthy and well. See you next year.

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  1. Best Wishes for the New Year TK!

  2. Thank you for your invaluable explication of the current political situation in South Korea, done in spite of all the other demands on your time. I hope that the changes resolve in a way that gives you the maximum of peace and joy in your life - not to be confused with hoping that you get what you want. :) Thanks, and best wishes for the New Year.

  3. We have faced various shitstorms through 2016 - the Byeongshin Year. We hope that in 2017 - the JeongYu Year, we will endeavour the new challenges and hope for the Better Korea.

    P/S: Byeongshin is 'stupid' in Korean.

  4. Dear TK, Happy New Year! I hope whatever changes you're planning don't involve going anywhere! Korea has plenty of Koreans, but America doesn't have plenty of Korean-Americans! :)

  5. This blog has been a source of great clarity: many thanks, and best wishes for whatever comes next!

    1. This. I agree with what Jonathan Dresner wrote. When the news on the media gets too hard to catch and follow, this blog becomes the good and faithful source where pieces of puzzles combine into the whole picture. Thank you, The Korean. And don't worry about changes, they're welcome. Good luck, happy new year, and keep up the good job.

  6. Aw, I was looking forward to your Best of the Worst.

  7. Still waiting every so patiently and loyally for the completion of the Top 50 KPop list.

    Happy New Year, all the best,


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